7 Essential Books for Workplace Diversity Training

7 Essential Books for Workplace Diversity Training

By Megan Habel , Feb 6th 2017

workplace diversity training

Embrace diversity and build cultural understanding at your office.

One of the best parts about today’s growing and evolving workplace is the diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and attitudes that each person brings to the organization’s culture. Making diversity a workplace strength doesn’t necessarily come naturally for many companies and businesses, but now there are many books published on the subject to help all organizations recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace. Use one or a few of these books to help with diversity training and build understanding in your work environment!

7 Books for Diversity Training at the Workplace:

1. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

tears we cannot stop

Popular New York Times writer and best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson uses this book to eloquently and provocatively call for widespread recognition of many of the hard truths people in America have ignored about the black struggle and rising racial tension in the U.S.


2. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

the fire this time

This collection of essays and poems about race takes America through its troubled racial past as well as current issues with race and diversity, and offers hope for a brighter future.


3. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

lean in

In addition to race and ethnicity being an important facet of today’s workplace culture, understanding the evolving role of gender is also critical. In the best-selling Lean In, successful businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg delves into the research about women in the workplace to offer sound and experienced advice on how women can get ahead in a world still defined by gender.


4. The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

the distance between us

In this acclaimed memoir by popular author Reyna Grande, readers gain an in-depth look at the contemporary immigrant experience. Reyna uses her voice and personal story to provide both an entertaining and significant look into a journey that many immigrants faced and continue to face.

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5. My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce

As one of many undocumented immigrants in the US, Julissa Arce shares her inspiring story of how her tireless efforts allowed her to eventually become a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Truly the American dream, Arce uses her story to discuss the stories and lives of the undocumented immigrants that make up such a large portion of America.


6. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

between the world and me

This National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist uses the open letter form, a letter from a father to his son, to discuss some of the biggest and most pressing questions concerning race in America and what the struggle of black women and men looks like today.


7. The Diversity Training Activity Book: 50 Activities for Promoting Communication and Understanding at Work by Jonamay Lambert and Selma Myers

the diversity training activity book

This activity book is the perfect companion book to a narrative text on race or gender, but can even stand on its own as a resource for your workplace and HR department. Utilize some of the simple but effective activities within this book to promote a workplace that values each employee for their diverse background and understandings.

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This post was written by Sydney Moorhead, the product specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.

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